The Criminal Justice major includes an overview of the criminal justice system including its three basic components: the police, courts and corrections. Criminological theory and research examine criminal behavior and crime causation.

The combination of criminal justice coursework and hands-on learning through internships prepares students for careers in law enforcement, the law or corrections or to pursue graduate and professional education.

Students completing a major in criminal justice will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system including the core components of the police, the courts and corrections;
  • explicate crime and criminal behavior by examining criminological theories of crime causation;
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and discussing criminal justice issues;
  • demonstrate knowledge of research skills by writing scholarly papers on criminal justice topics;
  • connect substantive areas of academic coursework to real-life application in a criminal justice field through internships.
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